I’m Just A Harmless Smoker, I’ve Not Been Disturbing Public Peace- Man Tells Ota Magistrate Court

One Ajowa Femi Aremu has been arraigned before an Ota Magistrate court on Wednesday on a two-count charge of breach of public peace and attempted assault.

The Police Prosecutor, Female inspector Rose-Mary Samson told the Magistrate that the defendant who lives in Ifesowapo area of Ijoko, Ota was arrested on Monday on a two-count charge of breach of public peace and attempted assault.

According to the prosecutor, the defendant was claimed to have been disturbing the peace of the community and had attempted to stab the vice-chairman of the community association with broken bottles.

In defense, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

He said the allegations leveled against him are false as he has always been law abiding aside his usual habit of smoking. On no account has he ever harassed anyone in the community.

“I’ve been living in my house in that community for over four years and I’ve never crossed my boundary.

On the eve of the day I was arrested, I went to work. On getting back, I parked my motorcycle in its usual spot in my compound. So, I went to sleep only to wake up the next day to find the vice chairman and some policemen in my house coming to arrest me. I didn’t do anything to anybody. I’m just a harmless smoker, I’ve not been disturbing public peace. My wife died and left me with two children to cater for, one of them is out of school and unable to participate in the on-going examination because of the fees. I’ve been struggling just to cater for my children, I’ve not been disturbing the community. I don’t know why they are levelling allegations against me.”  He tells court.

The Complainant, Vice Chairman of the community Association, said the defendant is an ardent weed smoker and anytime he is high on his weed he harasses people in the community and even threaten to kill at times. The last one he did was when he attacked him with broken bottles.

“He smokes weed and anytime he is high, he’s a threat to the community at large. We have been warning him as regards this habit of his but he is bent on not changing. The most recent one was when he attacked me with broken bottle”. The Complainant said.

The defendant didn’t have a lawyer but his case was taken up by one lawyer who offered to do his case for free.

The case was however adjourned till 19th March, 2019 for the new lawyer to gather facts for the case.

 The magistrate also granted the accused bail in likely sum of N100,000 and two sureties.

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